BYU football's season-opening loss to Utah seems almost like a distant memory as the Cougars took down Tennessee in an exciting double-overtime win in Knoxville on Saturday. The team now looks forward to its upcoming matchup with No. 24 USC.
It's easy to pull the plug on BYU football after a season-opening loss to Utah and assume the program is a sinking ship for the 2019 season, but there is a lot more than the final score to keep in mind.
Despite trailing by only 3 points entering the second half, BYU gave up 181 yards to Utah running back Zach Moss and turned the ball over three times and went on to lose 30-12. The loss extends Utah's winning streak in the rivalry to nine.
The NCAA football season is just beginning, and the BYU campus is still experiencing the calm of summer, but the Cougar's rivalry game against Utah is already here. Here's what you need to know for game day.
BYU and Utah have a recent history of opening seasons on a positive note. The Utes have won 11 consecutive openers, and the Cougars are 15-5 in their past 20 openers. BYU beat a dozen Power 5 teams in those contests and holds a five-game season opener winning streak.
BYU football runs deep in the Kaufusi family, and part of that football legacy is the family's tradition of wearing the number 90. Devin Kaufusi is the latest to carry on the tradition as dons the 90 for the 2019-20 season.
BYU football defensive lineman Khyris Tonga has NFL Draft aspirations heading into the 2019 season. There is plenty of hype surrounding the junior, and his improvements since last season have only added to it.
The last time BYU football took down Utah, Obama was serving his first term as president and The Black Eyed Peas' "Boom Boom Pow" was toping the Billboard charts. The eight-game losing streak has been merciless to BYU fans, but there's more to consider when analyzing these losses.
BYU football fall camp is officially underway with under a month left until opening kickoff against Utah. Top story lines include the status of Neil Pau'u, Kavika Fonua's position change and Khyris Tonga shedding weight.
BYU football Head Coach Kalani Sitake started the More2Life foundation to give his players service opportunities outside of BYU athletics, and the charity has since sent BYU football players to Harlem, Compton and elsewhere to serve and mentor inner-city youth.